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Academic Newsletter N°51 (October 2019)

#StopIsraeliTorture: Demand world governments act to free tortured Palestinian prisoners and hunger strikers! (Samidoun, Oct 2, 2019)
 

Contents:

Actions -- Agenda -- Academia -- Analyses -- Antisemitism -- BDS -- Current Affairs -- EU/US -- Gaza -- Israel -- Jerusalem -- Palestine -- Prisoners -- Refugees -- Resources -- Videos

Actions & Calls :

"Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison!" (Ramzy Baroud, MEMo, October 9):

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons... Heba and all Palestinian prisoners experience humiliation and abuse daily. Their stories should not be reduced to an occasional news item or a social media post but should become the raison d'être of all solidarity efforts aimed at exposing Israel, its fraudulent judicial system and Kangaroo courts... Israel should be held accountable for all of this. Rights groups and the international community should pressure Israel to release Heba al-Labadi and all of her comrades, unlawfully held in Israeli prisons.

Take action: Write to Heba Al-Labadi, tortured "administrative detainee" on hunger strike! She faces her next hearing in an Israeli military court on Thursday, 17 October. Your letters of support will send a powerful message to both her and the Israeli jailers. Write to: Heba Al-Labadi, Kishon Detention Center, PO Box 175, Kiryat Tivon. Israel. [Samidoun, Oct 10].


"Euro-Med's Chairman at Brazilian Parliament: Israel's violations constitute ethnic cleansing and it should be pressured to seize war crimes."

Brasilia - The Israeli authorities continue to demolish Palestinian homes and institutions, target families, arrest and intimidate children in Jerusalem as part of a systematic policy of forcible displacement of Palestinians, the Chairman of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor Ramy Abdu said. As part of the Euro-Med's work in conflict areas, it produces a monthly report that monitors and analyzes Israeli violations in Jerusalem. "I am not exaggerating when I say that we were shocked by the increasing number of systemized violations during the last 12 months,"  Abdu said, adding that "One of Israel's most cruel policies against Palestinians is homes and infrastructure demolitions, as part of a plan to expel them from Jerusalem by denying them building permits based on racist laws and arbitrary measures".


"Any peace plan for Israel and Palestine will fail without framework of international law: UN expert" (Geneva, 28 June 2019).

"The international community must insist that any proposal for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the just and durable settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to be firmly anchored in human rights and international law," said Michael Lynk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967. "Without the framework of international law, any peace plan, including the forthcoming proposal from the US, will crash upon the shoals of political realism... Prior plans for Middle East peace over the past five decades have all failed, in large part because they did not seriously insist upon a rights-based approach to peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Lynk said after a two-day workshop in Bahrain focusing on the economic aspects of a possible peace plan.

"Quand La Libre relaye la propagande israélienne" (Association belgo-palestinienne, 1 oct):

Le mercredi 25 septembre 2019, le ministère israélien des Affaires stratégiques - bras armé du gouvernement en matière de dé-légitimation des défenseurs des droits des Palestiniens - présentait à Bruxelles sa campagne #UnmaskBDS. Au coeur de celle-ci, un rapport qui entend prouver le prétendu antisémitisme de la campagne "Boycott, désinvestissement, sanctions " en épinglant des cas avérés mais isolés d'antisémitisme afin de décrédibiliser l'ensemble du mouvement, lequel condamne pourtant toute forme de racisme. La malhonnêteté et la grossièreté du procédé n'ont pas empêché le journal La Libre de se fendre d'un article relayant en toute complaisance la propagande israélienne. Choqués, nous avons adressé cette lettre ouverte au quotidien. "A l'attention de M. Dorian de Meeûs, rédacteur en chef de La Libre..."


Agenda :

# Bruxelles, 26/9 - 5/11: "CINEMATEK - Programma - Michel Khleifi". Lieu: 9 rue Baron Horta, 1000 Bruxelles. Dans le cadre de:  Carte blanche Michel Khleifi (1/9-11/11). En collaboration avec Courtisane.

Le réalisateur Michel Khleifi, né à Nazareth et installé à Bruxelles depuis les années 1970, est le cinéaste palestinien le plus reconnu. Son cinéma militant, observateur et poétique, décrit le quotidien du peuple palestinien, entre exil, mémoire et occupation. CINEMATEK a récemment achevé le travail de restauration de ses films qui font de lui un grand cinéaste de la lutte, de l'émancipation et de la liberté.


# Brussel, vrijdag 11 okt, 19u30: "Apartheid nog steeds actueel". Sprekers: David Cronin (journalist, activist en auteur van o.m. "Israeli Apartheid, A Beginner's Guide" & "Europe's Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation"), Yara Hawari (Palestine Policy Fellow van de denktank Al-Shabaka) en Barend Claessens (ACV). Org.: Palestina Solidariteit & Assoc. belgo-palestinienne. Waar: De Markten- Spiegelzaal -Oude Graanmarkt 5,1000 Brx., deuren 19:30 - start 20u - einde 22u. Inkom gratis. Vertaling naar Frans en Nederlands is voorzien.

# Ittre, 25 octobre, 21:00: Projection de "Palestine, la case prison" de Frank Salomé. Lieu: Rue de Tubize 4b - 1460 Ittré. Org.: Groupe citoyen "Pour une Paix Juste au Proche-Orient" (PJPO, avec le soutien du Centre culturel d'Ittre, Centre culturel du Brabant Wallon. N° téléphone  : 067780670. Paf: 5 euros.

Soirée de sensibilisation sur le sort des enfants Palestiniens emprisonnés. Projection de « Palestine, la case prison » film de Franck Salomé 58 min. Film documentaire sur la situation des prisonniers politiques et d'opinion palestiniens. Intervention de Bichara Khader, professeur émérite de l'UCL (sous réserve), et de Claude Debrulle, Secrétaire-Général de l'Association européenne de défense des droits de l'Homme (AEDH).


# Gent, zaterdag 7 dec, 19:00 - 04:00: "Feest 70 jaar Vrede." Org.: Vrede vzw. Waar: De Expeditie, Dok Noord 4F, 9000 Gent. Verdere info: Facebook.

Vrede vzw blaast dit jaar 70 kaarsjes uit en dat vieren we graag met jou erbij! Op het programma: 19u15-21u: Vier sterke vrouwen aan het woord over vrede en internationale solidariteit vandaag, interview en panelgesprek gemodereerd door prof. Marlies Casier (UGent). Onder de deelneemsters ook Haneen Zoabi. Zij is een Palestijns-Israëlisch activiste en tot voor kort parlementslid van de Knesset voor de Balad partij. Haar strijd voor gelijke Palestijnse rechten en tegen de Israëlische Apartheid leverde haar tal van parlementaire sancties op.


Academia :

BZU: "Annual Muwatin conference evaluates, discusses means to rebuild Palestine's national project" (Birzeit University, Oct 5):

Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at Birzeit University launched its 25th annual conference under the title "Democratizing Palestinian Politics as a Basis for Rebuilding the National Project" on October 4, 2019. Birzeit University president Abdullatif Abuhijleh emphasized in his opening speech the importance of this event, especially amidst the challenges that the national project has been facing and with the Israeli occupation's crackdown on education... Director of the Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Mudar Kassis talked about the institute's vision, emphasizing the necessity to reformulate the Palestinian national project and to counter the illusions that have permeated Palestinian society over the last few decades.


Ahmad Melhem, "Why Palestinian Museum received prestigious architectural award" (Al-Monitor, Oct 2):

Standing on a hill that looks out over the town of Birzeit, the Palestinian Museum is a cultural oasis whose architecture mimics the surrounding landscape. The museum's hillside gardens and stone walls imitate the stone terraces used in agricultural lands in the Palestinian villages and the building itself is made of limestone quarried locally near Bethlehem. The aim of the museum is preserving Palestine's national heritage and conveying its cultural narrative to all parts of the world, according to its website. Unusual for a museum, it does not have a permanent collection. In August, the Palestinian Museum, the largest cultural center in the West Bank, won the Aga Khan Award for Architecturealong with five other projects.


Analyses & Comments :

Jonathan Cook, "Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces Moment of Truth" (The Link, Vol. 55, Issue 3, Augustus-September 2019, pdf, 16p.):

The only way Israelis can be made to sit up and take note of the disaster unfolding next door in Gaza, it seems, is when they fear the fallout may spill out of the tiny coastal enclave and engulf them too. Environmental experts from two Israeli universities issued a report in June warning that the imminent collapse of Gaza's water, sewage and electricity infrastructure would soon rebound on Israel.


"In Israël vormen racisme en discriminatie de fundering van de staat." Interview met de Palestijnse politica Haneen Zoabi" (Ludo De Brabander, Uitpers, 2 okt):

In Israël is naar schatting 20% van de bevolking Palestijns. De Israëlische politieke wereld spreekt van 'Arabieren' in een poging om hen te dissociëren van hun volksgenoten in de Palestijnse bezette gebieden. Haneen Zoabi is een van hen. Ze is afkomstig uit Nazareth, een Palestijnse stad die de etnische zuiveringen van 1948 overleefde en in het noorden van Israël ligt. Zoabi was de eerste vrouwelijke Palestijnse politica die via een 'Arabische' lijst verkozen geraakte in het Israëlische parlement (de Knesset), waarin ze zetelde van 2009 tot 2019. Ze ontpopte er zich als een hevig voorstandster van gelijke rechten en bekritiseerde fel de definiëring van Israël als een 'Joodse Staat'. Haar uitspraken en acties leverden haar honderden doodsbedreigingen op en een zes maanden lange parlementaire schorsing.

PS Haneen Zoabi is een van de spreeksters tijdens het jubileum 70 jaar Vrede vzw op 7 december.


Yara Hawari, "Backing Benny Gantz Won't Help Palestinians" (Foreign Policy, Sept 28):

Arab voters are simply used as pawns in Israeli politics. The Joint List's leaders are naive to think any Israeli prime minister will ever address their concerns. - The Sept. 17 do-over Israeli election was all it promised to be - a dramatic showdown between the right and the far-right - as PM Benjamin Netanyahu fought for his political survival amid serious corruption accusations. Netanyahu fatigue proved to be the main issue in this election round; indeed, there seemed to be few policy differences between Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White party.


Antisemitism Politics:

Mairav Zonszein, "How the Right Has Tried to Rebrand Anti-Semitism" (New York Review of Books, 4 Sept):

As troubling in Trump's statement as any echo of the old charge of dual loyalty was its implication that any Jew who doesn't subscribe to his politics - to both the policies of his Republican Party and of the current Israeli government - is traitorous: if you are Jewish and vote Democratic, then you are triply disloyal - to Trump, Israel, and America.


Joshua Leifer, "Over 100 Jewish scholars condemn Trump admin for exploiting anti-Semitism" (+972, Oct 6):

Jewish academics are fighting back against the Trump administration's attempts to silence criticism of Israel on college campuses. More than 100 Jewish scholars have signed an open letter - "Jewish Scholars Stand with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies" - to the U.S. Department of Education in response to its demand that the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle East Studies modify its curricular programming or face defunding.


Dominique Vidal, "La guérilla obstinée du CRIF contre l'antisionisme" (Orient XXI, 2 oct):

Depuis que la France commémore la rafle du Vel d'Hiv, jamais un premier ministre israélien n'avait été invité. Et pour cause : en 1942, Israël n'existait pas, et le yichouv, la communauté juive de Palestine, ne pouvait guère venir en aide à ses frères d'Europe en danger. Fraîchement élu président de la République, Emmanuel Macron innove : il convie Benyamin Nétanyahou à la cérémonie du 16 juillet 2017, lui donne du "cher Bibi" et lui déclare : "Nous ne cèderons rien à l'antisionisme, car il est la forme réinventée de l'antisémitisme."


"Norman Finkelstein rejects anti-Semitism charge over harsh comments on Gaza" (Mondoweiss Editors, Oct 15):

Editor's note: Last Thursday, Norman Finkelstein spoke on a panel at Princeton titled "Black and Palestinian Solidarity," and made harsh comments about Israel's treatment of Gaza. The Daily Princetonian covered the event on October 11, and the headline stated flatly, "Finkelstein GS [Graduate School] '87 delivers anti-Semitic remarks at panel..." The article focused on Finkelstein's exchange with a Princeton freshman who said he had served in the Israeli Defense Forces on the Gaza fence.


BDS:

"Anglican Church in Southern Africa adopts BDS boycott of Israel" (BDS South Africa, Sept 29):

Press Statement: Anglican Church in Southern Africa adopts BDS boycott of Israel 29 September 2019. The South African human rights and Palestine solidarity NGO, BDS South Africa, welcomes the decision by the over 4.5 million strong Southern African provincial synod of the Anglican Church (ACSA) that has adopted the BDS boycott of Israel.


"German Museum to Give Walid Raad Art Prize Despite City Government's Objection: Report" (Alex Greenberger, ARTNews, Oct 2):

On Monday, the German city of Aachen announced that it had withdrawn a decision to give a prestigious art prize worth 10,000 euro to Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad, citing his alleged support for BDS, a pro-Palestine movement. But that move is not the end of the story. Raad will receive the award after all, via the Ludwig Forum for International Art, a museum in the city that facilitates the award, the Aachen Art Prize. The Ludwig Forum's board reportedly disagreed with the city's of Aachen's decision (and) said that its members could not find any evidence that Raad was an anti-Semite.


Tamara Nassar, "Israeli artist warned in Germany not to support BDS" (The Electronic Intifada, 4 Oct):

A German venue is warning Israeli-German artist Nirit Sommerfeld that her upcoming concert, Oct 5, in Munich will be canceled if she expresses support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions ( BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Nirit: "May I remind you that I am a Jewish woman born in Israel, a daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a granddaughter of a grandfather murdered by anti-Semites in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp?"


"Anti-BDS group backed by Adelson heads to 6 countries outside US" (Eric Cortellessa, The Times of Israel, Oct 7):

A Jewish group founded and funded by the Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to oppose the BDS movement on American campuses will be expanding its efforts to six countries outside the US in the next academic year. From the start of the new academic year, the 'Maccabee Task Force' will grow its presence to countries "in Europe and beyond," where it plans to fund and assist pro-Israel campus groups facing boycott Israel campaigns, the organization's executive director, David Brog, told The Times of Israel. He would not reveal which countries the task force was heading to.


Current Affairs :

"2019: Over 415 Human Rights Violations against Palestinian Journalists by Israel" (International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC News, Sept 27):

The Israeli government is deliberately targeting Palestinian journalists in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The Ministry of Information, on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian journalists, reported that the number of human rights violations, from the beginning of year 2019 to the end of August 2019, totaled 415; this included 82 journalists who were injured while covering the Great Return March, in Gaza. The Ministry pointed out that Palestinian journalists became a central target of Israeli occupation forces during their coverage of the ongoing demonstration, which began on March 30, 2018, along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.


EU-US-World:

David Cronin, "How Israel lobby set EU anti-Semitism agenda" (The Electronic Intifada, Sept 30):

For nearly four years, Katharina von Schnurbein has been posing as a champion of Europe's Jews. If taken at face value, her speeches at numerous conferences suggest she is a conscientious civil servant motivated by a desire to halt persecution. A more detailed examination reveals she has been following an agenda set by Israel and its supporters.


Asa Winstanley, "Anti-Palestinianism is the modern day McCarthyism" (MEMo via Informed Comment, Oct 2):

As regular readers of this column will know, the McCarthyite atmosphere in Britain against supporters of Palestinian rights is getting worse. That is down in part to the Labour Party leadership's acquiescence to the smear campaign to portray the party as anti-Semitic... If things are bad on this side of the English Channel, though, spare a thought for campaigners for Palestinian rights in the rest of Europe. The situation in France and Germany is even worse, especially in the latter.


Ruairi Casey, "You live in fear if you want to say something about Israel" (Al-Jazeera, Sept 23):

Berlin - A German jury's decision to strip British Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie of a literary prize, because of her pro-Palestinian activism, underscores how ignoring Palestinian rights has become normalised in Germany, according to pro-Palestinian figures in the country... "If you are talking about Israel, or writing about Israel, you are entering a no-go or a dangerous area," Iris Hefets, chairwoman of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, a group of mostly Israeli, British and American Jews living in Germany, told Al Jazeera.


Juan Cole, "US Press Horrified by Trump's "Shoot Migrants in the Legs" but ignores what Israeli Snipers do to Palestinian Protesters" (Informed Comment, Oct 4):

Americans were horrified to hear that Trump wanted to have US forces at the US-Mexico border to charge migrants with bayonets or shoot them in the legs... The Jupiter-sized blind spot of US media, however, managed to report on all this with horror without mentioning that this procedure, of shooting people massing on the border in the legs has over the past 18 months become the routine Israeli policy, so routine that the deaths and injuries inflicted by Israeli army snipers on largely peaceful Gaza Palestinian protesters no longer make the news for the most part in the US.


Maureen Clare Murphy, "UN treats Israeli army as peacebuilding partner" (The Electronic Intifada, 7 Oct):

The tunnel vision of UN officials committed to a two-state solution at the expense of basic human rights principles is downright dangerous. A UN "peacebuilding" official stated on Sunday that she had "good meetings today with Israeli interlocutors" including the military and foreign ministry.


Gaza :

Jonathan Cook, "Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces Moment of Truth" (AMEU - Americans for Middle East Understanding, 2019, Volume 52):

By most measures, Gaza is already uninhabitable for the vast majority of its population. But as next year's deadline set by the UN nears, Israel is faced with a stark choice. Given the "logic of elimination" at the core of settler colonial ideologies like Zionism, Israel, as previously noted, has to choose one of three paths in relation to Gaza's inhabitants: genocide, ethnic cleansing or apartheid. But if as the UN says, and the preceding text highlights, Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, then apartheid will soon no longer be an option. Penning 2 million people up inside an uninhabitable prison amounts not to apartheid but, by default, to slow-motion genocide.

Al Mezan CHR: "77th Friday of Demonstrations in Gaza: Protester Killed and 57 Wounded, including 23 Children, One Woman and One Paramedic" (Oct 4):

On Friday 4 October 2019, the 77 th week of the Great March of Return (GMR) protests, Israeli forces continued to use live fire and other violent means in policing unarmed protests.  Al Mezan's documentation shows that since 30 March 2018, Israeli forces have killed 326 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Of the total fatalities, 213 were killed at the GMR protests, including 46 children, two women, four paramedics, two journalists, and nine persons with disability. Another 18,460 persons have been wounded, including 4,649 children and 826 women. 9,243 of the wounded were injured by live fire, including 2,000 children and 184 women. In 267 documented targeting of medical personnel, 222 paramedics were wounded, 43 of them more than once. Also, in 246 documented targeting of journalists, 173 journalists were injured, 42 of them more than once. The Israeli forces continue to keep the bodies of 16 fatalities, including three minors.


"Slain Gaza protester: father, husband, brother, and 'a Palestinian who dreamed of liberation'" (Wafa Aludaini, International Solidarity Movement, Oct 5):

A Palestinian protester identified as Alaa Nizar Hamdan, 28, was shot dead yesterday by Israeli Occupation soldiers in Jabalia, northern Gaza during the 77th week of the "Great March of Return" protests. Alaa Nizar Hamdan was a husband and father with a 3 year-old daughter, Layan. On Saturday, the day after Alaa was killed, I spoke with his wife and family. "Layan was everything to her father, since his death she has asked me hundreds of time about him, and I just keep crying... he always dreamed to have kids, and to bring them up in a beautiful home of their own," his wife recalled. Layan was conceived through in vitro fertilization, an extremely costly process anywhere in the world but especially for Gazans.


Médecins Sans Frontières, "Treating resistant infections in Gaza under the blockade" (MSF International, Sept 2):

More than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza have bone infections after being shot by Israeli forces.Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is dealing with immense challenges while treating many people who have developed bone infections after having been shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza, Palestine over the last year. These infections are adding to the already complicated path to recovery that these injured people must tread.


Ebe Daems, "België moet beslissen: is de Gazastrook te gevaarlijk om te leven, of niet?" (MO*, 8 okt):

"Als ik geen veiligheidsprobleem had en als mijn leven niet in gevaar was, dan zou ik niet zomaar mijn kinderen en mijn zwangere vrouw achtergelaten hebben in Gaza. Ik heb niet voor niets mijn lot in de handen van mensensmokkelaars gelegd en een moeilijke weg afgelegd naar hier." - Uit de Gazastrook vluchten en in België erkend worden als asielzoeker? Sinds het Commissariaat-generaal voor de Vluchtelingen en de Staatlozen (CGVS) zijn beleid wijzigde, is dat moeilijker geworden. Volgens de gevluchte Gazanen is de algemene situatie in de Gazastrook ernstig genoeg om iedereen bescherming te geven, maar het CGVS hamert op de individuele behandeling van elke asielaanvraag.


Israel :

Jack Khoury, "Israeli Minister: Arabs Are Guests Here, for Now" (Haaretz, Oct 4):

Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich attacked Israeli Arab lawmakers on Friday for participating in demonstrations against police inaction on spiraling violence in Arab society, saying that they, and the rest of the country's Arab citizens, are "guests" in Israel: "And since you brough it up then, yes - God did promise us all of the Land of Israel, a promise he kept. We've been just the most hospitable people in the world since the days of Abraham and so you're still here. At least for now."


Moran Habaz, "'Our Boys' exposes the Mizrahi-Palestinian fault line" (+972, Oct 11):

'Our Boys' shows that Mizrahi racism has transformed into a real and deadly threat. As the younger generation of Mizrahim, we must accept accountability for and develop a new understanding of Mizrahi-Palestinian relations. -- As someone who grew up in Jerusalem and experienced its bloodied streets as a teenager during the Second Intifada, HBO's "Our Boys" shook my world.


Jonathan Cook, "Israeli police 'turning a blind eye to killing spree'" (JC, Oct 10):

Palestinian citizens of Israel escalated their protests against the police and government on Thursday by bringing sections of the country's busiest highway to a crawl as they drove in a slow convoy towards Jerusalem for a major demonstration. It was the latest in a series of high-stakes confrontations by Israel's large Palestinian minority with the authorities to express their anger at police inaction over a tide of violence that has swept their communities. More than 70 lives have been claimed so far this year.


Jack Khoury, "Convoys head for Jerusalem to protest violence in Israeli Arab community" (Haaretz, Oct 10):

Two convoys composed of hundreds of vehicles waving black flags departed Thursday morning from Israel's north and south, heading for the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, in protest of the police's failure to curb spiraling violence in the Arab community.


Amjad Iraqi, "Likud vs Likud: How Revisionist Zionism conquered Israeli politics" (+972, Sept 27):

The past two elections may have been billed as a clash of the titans between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. But there's one man who looms far larger over the current state of Israeli politics: Vladimir Jabotinsky... The irony is that, despite their bitter rivalry during the election campaigns, the platforms of Likud and Blue and White are almost identical. Their main sticking point revolves around who should become prime minister... The meeting in Rivlin's office was decades in the making, and marks a resounding victory for the legacy of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky - the founder of Revisionist Zionism, commander of the Irgun militia, and grandfather of the Likud... Without consequences for their descent into the far-right, Israeli leaders across the board have every reason to ignore any "rabble" against the supremacist vision that Jabotinsky preached for. Until those consequences come: welcome to Likud Nation.


Jerusalem, ethnic cleansed :

Euro-Med's Jerusalem monthly report: "Israeli judiciary legitimizes seizure of Palestinian property" (Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, Oct 2019):

Jerusalem - The Israeli authorities continued its violations of the rights of the Palestinian population in Jerusalem in September, in line with the Israeli official political policies, and in light of international silence towards repeated violations in the city that pave the way for war crimes and ethnic cleansing. The Geneva-based organization said in its monthly report, which monitors Israeli violations in Jerusalem, that it documented 376 Israeli violations against Palestinians and their property in September, which fall under 16 categories of human rights violations.

For the full report (Sept 2019, pdf, 46p.), "Annexation System: Israeli Judiciary Legitimizing Control over Palestinian Properties".


Nir Hasson, "After 30 years of legal battle, Israeli court OKs evacuation of East Jerusalem family" (Haaretz, Sept 25):

An Israeli court ordered Friday the evacuation of 18 Palestinian family members from their home in East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood, ending a decades-long legal battle. Jerusalem Magistrate's Court Judge Miriam Kaslassy ordered the eviction of the Sumreen family, who have been fighting for 30 years against the Jewish National Fund's attempts to take ownership of their home, backed by far-right settler group Elad. 


Palestine, occupied and colonized :

"Vous ne pouvez pas libérer la terre sans libérer aussi les femmes ": des milliers de femmes et d'hommes palestiniens manifestent contre les violences faites aux femmes" (Ahmad Al-Bazz, Agence Media Palestine, 27 sept):

Jeudi [26 sept], des milliers de femmes et d'hommes palestiniens ont manifesté pour les droits des femmes en douze lieux de Palestine/Israël et de la diaspora, à la suite de cas récents et très médiatisés de violences commises contre des femmes en raison de leur sexe dans la société palestinienne. Des manifestations ont notamment eu lieu à Ramallah, Jérusalem, Haïfa, Jaffa, Gaza, Beyrouth et Berlin. Les manifestants, dont la grande majorité étaient des femmes, scandaient des slogans contre les "crimes d'honneur", le patriarcat, la colonisation Israélienne, et brandissaient des photos de victimes de violences et de femmes incarcérées dans les prisons israéliennes. 


Sarah Flatto Manasrah, "How Palestinian women successfully defended their village from demolition" (Waging Nonviolence, Oct 8):

One year after Israel gave the green light to demolish Khan al-Amar, the small Bedouin village survives thanks to a bold and creative women-led campaign. - Just over one year ago, photos and videos of Israeli border police violently arresting a young Palestinian woman went viral. She appeared to be screaming as they ripped her hijab off and wrestled her to the ground. It was an indelible scene in a theater of cruelty that has defined the beleaguered village.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month: "The worst part was the uncertainty and waiting" (MAP - Medical Aid for Palestinians, Oct 11):

October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month', an annual worldwide campaign to raise understanding of the importance of breast cancer treatment, education and research. In the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Palestinian women with breast cancer face many challenges to accessing continuous and effective medical care. In Gaza dwindling medical supplies - including of chemotherapy drugs - and restrictions on the exit of patients to specialised hospitals in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, detrimentally affect the treatment available to Palestinian women affected by the disease


Prisoners :

"Hunger striker reveals details of her horrific torture in Israeli prisons" (MEMo, Oct 8):

A Palestinian-Jordanian who has been on hunger strike for 15 days in Israeli prisons has revealed the details of her horrific interrogation and torture, the PLO Prisoners' Committee reported on Monday. Heba Al-Labadi, 24, was arrested on 20 August by Israeli soldiers as she crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan to attend a wedding in the occupied West Bank with her mother. According to her lawyer, Al-Labadi has been subjected to inhumane treatment in detention. She was apparently stripped of all of her clothes as soon as she was arrested, handcuffed, blindfolded and leg-chained before being moved to the Bitah-Tikva investigation centre. Al-Labadi also explained that she was interrogated for 20 consecutive hours during the first 16 days of her detention...


Shatha Hammad, "Palestinian hospitalised and in critical condition after Israeli interrogation" (Middle East Eye, Sept 29):

A Palestinian detainee has been hospitalised and is in critical condition after being tortured and badly beaten during his arrest and interrogation, lawyers and his family have said. Samir Arbeed, a 44-year-old accused of being behind an attack in the occupied West Bank, was in good health before entering Israeli police custody on Wednesday, according to his lawyers. However, after being subjected to interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service he was transferred to Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital.


Ruchama Marton, "How Israeli doctors enable the Shin Bet's torture industry" (+972, Oct 7):

From approving brutal interrogation techniques to writing false medical reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role in the torture of Palestinian prisoners. If the Shin Bet runs a school for its agents and interrogators, the curriculum most certainly includes a class on how to tell a lie... As a doctor and founder of Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, I have always been troubled by how Israeli doctors cooperate with and enable Israel's torture industry...

"Support the Prevention of the Involvement of Medical Teams in Torture" (Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, Oct 7):
Samer Arbid is currently treated at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital. He was arrested on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 and taken for ISA interrogation at the Russian Compound detention facility in Jerusalem. Following Samer Arbid's hospitalization in critical condition after his arrest and interrogation by the Israel Security Agency (ISA)...


"Six Detainees Continue Hunger Strike, On of Them Enters 85th day" (IMEMC News, Oct 7):

The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported, Sunday, that six Palestinian detainees, including one woman, held by Israel under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial, are ongoing with hunger strikes; one of them started the strike 85 days ago.


Refugees :

Jake Batinga, "70 years of shooting refugees" (The Electronic Intifada, 8 Oct):

In his book "Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956" (1997) the Israeli historian Benny Morris, focusing on Arab 'infiltration' into Israel and Israeli retaliation, recounts, for example, how Israel operated a "free fire" policy on refugees seeking to return home. According to Morris, Israeli forces "fired at anything that moved" and often executed injured refugees "on the spot." Between 2,700 and 5,000 refugees were killed under the free fire policy, the vast majority of whom were unarmed civilians, from 1949 to 1956. Furthermore, "no Israeli soldier, policeman, or civilian was ever tried for shooting and killing an unarmed Arab infiltrator," Morris writes. While Palestinian refugees were slaughtered for attempting to exercise their right of return, Israel's parliament, the Knesset, passed the cynically titled "Law of Return" in 1950. It granted Jews from around the world the right to gain Israeli citizenship and live in Israel.


Ardi Imseis, "UNRWA in a Time of Crisis: Separating the Red Herrings from Legitimate Shortcomings" (Al-Shabaka, Oct 8):

UNRWA has recently faced funding cuts and an ethics report detailing alleged abuses by top management. While these events are important to understand UNRWA's current dilemmas, they do not provide a proper understanding of the Agency's more fundamental issues. Ardi Imseis sheds light on UNRWA's actual challenges and why its mandate should include durable solutions for Palestine refugees.


Resources - Reports - Books :

# Fact Sheet: "The Human and Financial Losses of Fishing Under Occupation" (Al Mezan, Oct 15):

Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip experience systematic difficulties practicing their livelihood due to restrictions on their right to work and persistent exposure to ill-treatment. Gaza's fishermen endure constant harassment, arrest and detention, shooting and confiscation of fishing boats and equipment by the Israeli navy.
Fact Sheet (pdf, 4p.): click here!


@ European Council of Foreign Relations: "ECFR Differentiation Tracker"

ECFR's Differentiation Tracker provides a snapshot of third state relations with Israel - and the extent to which these contain a clearly defined territorial definition that explicitly excludes Israeli settlements constructed on occupied territory in line with UNSCR 2334.

EU Differentiation FAQ - What is EU Differentiation?


"We are not numbers. Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news."

Developing writers from Gaza team up with established authors from around the world to tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news. When the world talks about Palestinians living under occupation and in refugee camps, it is usually in terms of politics and numbers - specifically, how many killed, injured, homeless and/or dependent on aid. But numbers are impersonal, and often numbing. What they don't convey are the daily personal struggles and triumphs, the tears and the laughter, the aspirations that are so universal that if it weren't for the context, they would immediately resonate with virtually everyone. That's why established and aspiring "word artists" from around the world have joined with youth in Gaza, and now, Lebanon, to create "WE ARE NOT NUMBERS."


@ palestine - Bulletin de l'Association belgo-palestinienne Wallonie-Bruxelles asbl. Trimestriel N°81 - Juillet/Août/Septembre 2019.

Dossier: "Apartheid & Environnement": Crise environnementale à Gaza: l'arroseur arrosé - Guerre écologique contre les agriculteurs de Gaza - Le mur israélien sépare les animaux et menace l'environnement local - L'agroécologie comme résistance globale.

© Yasmeen Abu-Laban & Abigail B. Bakan, "Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race." I.B. Tauris, 2019,ISBN: 9781780765334, 352p. Online price: £20.69.

As the situation in Israel/Palestine seems to become ever more intractable and protracted, the need for new ways of looking at recent developments and their historical roots is more pressing than ever. Bearing this in mind, Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Abigail B.Bakan discuss the historic and contemporary dynamics in Israel/Palestine, and their international reverberations, from the unique vantage point of 'race', racialization, racism and anti-racism. They therefore offer close analysis of the 'idea' of Israel and the 'absence' of Palestine by examining the concepts of race and identity in the region. With fresh coverage of themes relating to gender, indigeneity, the environment, surveillance and the war on terror, "Israel, Palestine and the Politics of Race" will appeal to scholars in political science, sociology and Middle East studies.


© Massoud Hayoun, "When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History." The New Press, 2019, hard cover, 304 p., ISBN: 978-1-62097-416-2; $ 24.29.

Review/Report: Dana El Kurd, "Memoir of a Jewish Arab," (Middle East Report Online, Oct 04):

In a time of resurgent populism and white nationalism in the West, Massoud Hayoun's book is a daring and rejuvenating book. Written in the form of a historical memoir, Hayoun, who identifies himself as a Jewish Arab, traces his family history before and after World War II to illustrate how Jewish Arabs were maliciously separated from their societies and how their identities were used in a game of colonial domination. He argues that Jewish Arabs lived and worked alongside their Muslim and Christian Arab neighbors in relative peace until colonialism, white supremacy and Zionism disrupted Arab society and fractured it into various groups, which, among other things, separated the identity of Arab from Jew. Hayoun effectively interlaces the stories of his grandparents with historical research on colonial institutions, modern states and their relationship to religious minorities in the Middle East.


© Khaled Elgindy, "Blind Spot. America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump". Brookings Institution Press, April 2019, hardcover ISBN: 9780815731559, 345p., $25.99. 

A critical examination of the history of US-Palestinian relations. The US has invested billions of dollars and countless diplomatic hours in the pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace and a two-state solution. Yet American attempts to broker an end to the conflict have repeatedly come up short. At the center of these failures lay two critical factors: Israeli power and Palestinian politics. [The author previously served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah on permanent status negotiations with Israel from 2004 to 2009, and was a key participant in the Annapolis negotiations held throughout 2008.]


© "Bad News for Labour. Antisemitism, the Party and Public Belief." Authors: Greg Philo, Mike Berry, Justin Schlosberg, Antony Lerman, David Miller. Publ. Pluto Press, 2019, Pb ISBN: 9780745340661, 288p., £14.99.

A groundbreaking study on the reality behind the headlines on antisemitism and the British Labour Party. There has been an extraordinary media output on the issue of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and antisemitism. Accusations about the Labour Party have made headlines on a daily basis. In the three years after Corbyn became leader there were over five thousand news stories and articles in the national press alone.


Videos:

Dominique Vidal : " La campagne électorale en Israël a été un déferlement de haine anti-arabe "

Freedom for Heba al-Labadi!

Belgian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel

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